Hey peeps, it’s an Easter Peeps Topiary (plus a visit to the Peeps store)

Thanks for stopping in today to take a peep peek at our Easter peeps craft – a Marshmallow Peeps Topiary. I featured this Peeps topiary last year, but we have so many new readers, I thought I would share it again. (Plus, last month it was one of the top five crafts at Fun Family Crafts, so it’s an easy Easter craft for kids, too.) It’s a fun, last-minute Easter craft, and the hardest part will be deciding whether to use chicks, bunnies – or maybe both, to make your Marshmallow Peeps Topiary.

how to make a marshmallow Peeps topiary

Chicks or bunnies — which one would you choose?

Because this post is packed with Peeps, I’m also sharing my visit to the Peeps & Company Store, and I have a Peeps! book giveaway. And of course, I’ll announce the winners of last week’s Most Eggsellent Prize Package and the book Steampunk Chic, too. Whew, that’s a lot to cover, so let’s move on!

marshmallow Peeps craft

We made this Peeps Topiary in less than 30 minutes.

To make a Marshmallow Peeps Easter Bunny Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 9” x 5” cone
  • Peeps Bunnies: 20 – 22 blue; 18 purple; 10 green; and 2 yellow
  • Low temp glue gun (closely supervise the glue gun if the kids are helping out!)

To make a Marshmallow Peeps Easter Bunny Topiary:

1. Glue bunnies around the cone in rows, starting at the bottom. Continue working up and around the cone till it’s covered.

2. Glue two bunnies to the top of the cone.

3. That’s it!

NOTE: If you want to eat your Peeps, use toothpicks instead of glue to attach the Peeps to the cone. Insert the toothpick into the bottom or back of a Peep, and then insert the other end of the toothpick into the foam cone.

Peeps store in National Harbor

The Peeps & Company Store in National Harbor, MD, right outside of Washington, D.C.

Last week, I found myself in the vicinity of a Peeps & Company Store, and of course, I had to visit. There are only three Peeps & Company Stores in the U.S. – one in Bethlehem, PA, where Just Born, maker of Peeps, is located; one in Minneapolis, MN; and one in National Harbor in Maryland, right outside of D.C. In the store, Peeps share the shelves with Mike & Ikes and Hot Tamales.

Visit a Peeps store

Step inside and smell the cotton candy, marshmallow-sweet scent of sugar!

Hello, sugar buzz!

fun ideas for marshmallow Peeps

The massive & glowing marshmallow chick changes colors.

The store is packed with everything wearable, from t-shirts and socks, to backpacks and caps. (I may or may not have purchased a pair of Peeps socks . . .) Stuffed Peeps; Peeps mousepads, mugs & magnets; pens & notebooks; even Peeps golf club covers, are all there.

ideas for marshmallow peeps

Tell me about your favorite Easter candy and you might win the book Peeps!

At the store, I picked up this cute little book, simply titled Peeps!, for today’s giveaway. It’s packed with recipes and crafts made with – Peeps! While you might associate Peeps with Easter, this book has ideas for year-round, like a Peeps Holiday Wreath. To win this book and one of our craft aprons, leave a comment below about your favorite Easter candy. I’ll select a winner from the comments after midnight on Sunday, April 8.

**PLEASE NOTE: This giveaway is closed.**

Christmas peeps crafts

Peeps are NOT just for Easter! Crafts and yummy ideas for Christmas, Halloween and even weddings are in the book Peeps!

And finally, our winners from last week’s giveaways:

  • Kathy Jones wins the autographed book Steampunk Chic, along with a craft apron.
  • Geri Johnson is the winner of our Most Eggsellent Prize Package.
  • Surprise giveaways: I had so much fun reading all of your comments last week, and I also want to welcome our many new Facebook fans, so I drew two more names: Karen Pelphrey Turner and Anne Haun. Karen & Anne each win a craft apron and a 3-pack of Via coffee.

Please peep up and contact me, Kathy, Geri, Karen and Anne, so I can arrange to send out your packages. (If I don’t hear from you in the next 72 hours, I will have to pick a new name.)

I’m so glad you’re all here at Crafts ‘n Coffee! See you on Friday.

Happy crafting!

**PLEASE NOTE: This giveaway is closed**

Sharon

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54 Responses to Hey peeps, it’s an Easter Peeps Topiary (plus a visit to the Peeps store)

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  3. mari claver says:

    Love peeps topiary, I do have to say that cadbury mini eggs are my favorite

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  6. Marion says:

    I would use royal icing then you could peep down the whole peeping thing……;)

    • Sharon says:

      Royal icing should work out great, and you could still eat the sweet Peeps. (I don’t know why, but I’ve always been intimidated by it, and so I use the glue gun.) Thanks so much for the suggestion, Marion. Happy crafting! Sharon

      • Marion says:

        Cream of tartar is the key………powdered sugar and milk…………..go to it…..I add flavoring cause my 13 year old now thinks it is not the best tasting thing………but it is edible! Love your peeps…I am a wacky peeps lover..at Christmas I take the ice cream cone bowls use 2 candy canes for sleigh runners and decorate like Santas sleigh, only stopping is imagination. I had a tough time one year finding them at Christmas time so even now when I see them in the store I yell PEEPS!!! Course they have a new blue raspberry………..ummm, the color is nice I will just let it go at that…;)

      • Sharon says:

        Thanks for the recipe! I’m a huge fan of PEEPS crafts, they’re just so fun and easy. And btw, I just saw sour watermelon PEEPS in the store. Hmm . . . interesting . . . Sharon

  7. Pam says:

    This is so cute! I don’t like peeps for eating but they’re great for spring crafts. I included your topiary in a little roundup of peeps crafts on my blog: http://www.leavesandstitches.com/2014/03/29/weekend-pinspiration-peep-crafts/.

  8. Gail Reger says:

    I am a big fan of Peeps and I love them toasted in the toaster oven Gail

  9. Love the peeps topiary! Will these last year to year or do they shrivel up over time?

  10. Donna says:

    You said these Peep Trees are edible, but u used a hot glue gun. I bet u could use frosting if you wanted to eat it!
    Donna

  11. Ashley R says:

    I do have to say that Cadbury’s are my favorite but my bf loves peeps :)

  12. Patti says:

    I have fallen in love with Peeps all over again. I feel like a kid again.

  13. Oh my gosh! I had NO idea there was actually a Peeps store!! How fun!

  14. Hi Sharon! Would you believe I live about 10 minutes away from the Bethlehem, PA store?!!!! I’ve got peeps in my backyard! LOL
    My favorite candy for Easter is Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans. mmmmmmmmmm :-)

    • Sharon says:

      Lucky you, Patty! Two questions for you: Does the air smell sweet when they’re making PEEPS, and do you get the benefit of a factory outlet store? Jolly Rancher jelly beans have a lot more punch than most — yummy! Thanks! Sharon

  15. ColleenB. says:

    Congratulations to all the winners.
    Here a Peep, there a Peep, Everywhere a Peep, Peep. :}
    My favorite. Well it isn’t store bought, but I would have to say homemade Chocolate Fruit & Nut Easter Eggs. Yummy
    ColleenB.

  16. Melle Eldridge says:

    Do I have to only pick one candy? Lol! I am a die hard fan of peeps. Any season. Any color. And shape. Though i do prefer bunnies over chicks. :)

    I also love me some Reese’s peanut butter eggs. And those malted milk robin’s eggs.

    The only thing though that I can’t get in some form year round is the starburst jelly beans. They are far and away the best Jelly beans ever.

  17. my favorite Easter candy is the Peeps. LOVE marshmallow! but a close 2nd is the malted milk balls shaped like eggs… don’t know their name, but they can come spotted…. yum!

  18. Lynda Atwood says:

    My favorite easter candy is Cadbury mini eggs.

  19. My favorite Easter candy is black jelly beans. Although I can’t eat much candy anymore I do eat a few black jelly beans each Easter. Just a few.

  20. melt003 says:

    Thats a whole lotta peeps…In the title and in those photos of the topiaries and the awesome Peeps store! :D My favorite Easter candy besides Peeps are the Cadbury creme eggs!

  21. Mary Lou says:

    Peeps are after my time, so I have to say a chocolate Easter bunny. I like mine hollow and one must eat ears first and the tail last. I like satisfying crunch of hollow chocolate as you bite an ear!

  22. Marisa Waid says:

    That is so peeping cute!!LOL I didn’t know there was a peep store either. Love your topiaries.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Marisa. They were so fun and easy to make, and we had so many compliments, too. I hope you’re inspired to make your own. Sharon

  23. Denise Gallwitz says:

    Peeps Store !! I Want to go ! have been card carrying peeps fan for years ! (online site) My very favorite Easter candy is all things peep !!!

  24. Jennifer H says:

    I never even knew there was a Peeps Store!!! How cool!! My very favorite Easter candy are the Cadbury Eggs!!! I just LOVE them!!

  25. annehaun says:

    Thanks for drawing my name. I just sent my address to you – hopefully you will receive it! My favorite Easter candy is good old jelly beans – especially the organge ones!

  26. Denise Royal says:

    My two favorites are Cadbury Eggs and Peeps. I have all kinds of Peep items around my house including a pillow and a t-shirt. My boyfriend is always bringing me Cadburry eggs and Peeps home. Pictures of the store made me drool. Will have to go to one of the stores sometime.

  27. Katiria says:

    That PEEPS store is straight out of my dreams! My favorite Easter candy are Cadbury eggs. I love breaking them in half and eating all the filling first, then eating the chocolate shell..mmm

  28. Michele MCBride says:

    Hate to say my favorite Easter candy is cadbury eggs! But with my diabetes I have to avoid them as much as possible!! Love the peeps topiary!

    • Sharon says:

      Those are one of my favorites, too, Michele. And talk about a sugar shock — have you seen the recipes for chocolate brownies topped with Cadbury Eggs? Whoa! Sharon

  29. Birgit says:

    Peeps! Gotta love those colorful fellows which aren’t sold here in Germany. Probably too colorful for the German market. ;)

    Congrats to the lucky prize winners — what lovely Easter surprises. :)

    A big thanks to you Sharon for sharing all those Easter egg projects — so much inspiration and eye candy.

    Happy crafting,
    Birgit

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you so much, Birgit! Years ago, I was in Europe over the Easter holiday and I must say, European Easter chocolates are hard to top! In fact, we thought we would be able to buy Easter chocolates by the bagful at the after-Easter sales, only to find out that Europe doesn’t stage post-holiday sales like we do in the U.S. See you on Friday! Sharon

      • Birgit says:

        Sharon, nowadays most Easter chocolate products are reduced by 50 % after the holidays. You are right though — it wasn’t always that way.

        I must say that I am always amazed to hear that there are sales BEFORE a holiday in the USA. Just. Plain. Cool.

  30. Dawn says:

    Off to Target this afternoon to buy Peeps! Thank you for the adorable, edible inspiration. Did you see the giant Peeps cake in this month’s Food Network Magazine? That, with a few of the bunny or chick topes, would make the cutest Easter buffet centerpiece.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Dawn. I’d love to see your topiaries, so please post photos on our Facebook page @StyroCrafts. I did not see this issue of Food Network Magazine and will have to hunt it down — thanks for the tip! Happy crafting! Sharon

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